The Soldiers Memorial Avenue Management Plan
was the result of 14 months work by FOSW (now FOSMA) and officers
of the Hobart City Council. It endorsed by Council in May 2004 after
public consultlation and officially launched on August 3 2004 by
Adrian Howard (President FOSW) and Lord Mayor Rob Valentine.
The plan lays out the following vision and objectives.
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For every soldier a tree, for every
tree a plaque.
The Soldiers Memorial Avenue is an extensive war memorial
within natural grassland to 508 individual servicemen for whom trees
were planted in 1918. An essential part of this commemoration
was the linkage between individual servicemen and specific tree
as signified by individual name plates. The fundamental principle
guiding restoration should be -For every soldier a tree, for every
tree a plaque.
Replanting of the Avenue
Sufficient trees should be planted to ensure that
for every serviceman originally commemorated on the Avenue, there
is a tree once more. Where the tree cannot be replanted in the original
position, the trees should be planted as close as possible to those
original positions. In the case of the trees under Cross Roads Oval,
there are a number of options that would ensure the re-connection
of the Avenue.
Identification of Soldiers
Research should continue to produce a final and definitive
list of the servicemen commemorated and the original position of
the trees. There are a small number of serviceman who were
commemorated on the Avenue for whom a precise tree position has
yet to be located. In addition, there are trees for which no serviceman
has been identified.
Restore the Link between Serviceman and Tree
A fundamental aspect of the original Avenue, subsequently
reinforced, was the connection between individual trees and serviceman.
The individual plaquing of trees is an important act of commemoration
and also serves to mark out the Avenue visually. In addition, individual
plaquing makes a powerful statement about the extent of the sacrifice
Restoration of the Avenue as a Physical Entity
The Avenue should be restored so that it is obvious
that it is an Avenue of four lines of trees. Currently, many trees
are obscured and the physical size and extent of the Avenue is not
immediately apparent. The nature and existence of the Avenue should
be clear whatever the point of entry. There should be a well-defined
beginning and end to the Avenue.
Restoration of the Name
The Avenue should be referred to officially as the
Soldiers Memorial Avenue. It may also be considered appropriate
for the Cross Roads Oval to be re-named as the Soldiers Oval or
the Soldiers Memorial Oval.
Harmony with Natural Values
The restoration of the Avenue should ensure harmony
with the surrounding environment and while the Avenue should be
identifiable as an entity, it should blend with the grasslands and
bushland through which it passes.
A Focus for Commemoration
The Avenue is a war memorial comprised of living trees
rather than stone and restoration should aim to emphasise this fact.
Formal acts of commemoration, educational activities and interpretation
on the Avenue should also be in keeping with this memorial aspect
and reinforce it. The Avenue could also become as significant
an attraction as the Avenues in Ballarat and Kings Park, Perth.
Linkage to other Pedestrian Routes
The Avenue should be emphasized as the focal pedestrian
spine for the Queens Domain. A restored Avenue would be a significant
part of local tourism infrastructure appealing to heritage and general
tourists. Restoration and continuing maintenance of the Avenue would
provide a powerful statement about the character of the Hobart community.
This would require among other things improved signage and pathways
within the bounds of and connecting with the Avenue.
Compatibility of other works
Developments or maintenance work that is to take place
within or adjacent to the Memorial Avenue should be compatible with
the Avenue and mindful of its significance. This specifically
relates to works that may have an adverse physical impact on the
trees or the visual integrity of the Avenue.
Completion by 2014
The Avenue should be restored by the centenary of
the outbreak of the Great War in 2014. This would allow for progressive
commemoration on the centenary of the deaths of the individuals
represented on the Avenue. This completion date would also ensure
that the centenary of the inauguration of the Avenue in August 2018
takes place on an Avenue comprised of well-established and healthy
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